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On our website you will find information and news about the Study of Religion at the University of Bayreuth.

The study of religion is an empirical discipline that takes a neutral perspective towards religious worldviews across continents. The discipline draws on history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, linguistics and other methodologies to investigate religion, religiosity, and secularity in contemporary societies. In its methodological commitment to examine religious behavior and belief outside of any particular religious viewpoint the study of religion fundamentally differs from theology and other normative approaches to religion.

With its professorships that focus on religious life in contemporary Europe, contemporary Islam, religions of Africa, and global entanglements, the study of religion at the University of Bayreuth prides itself in engaging with contemporary religious culture from a global historical perspective.

William James Guest Professorship 2022

After a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic the William James Guest Professorship can finally take place again in the summer semester of 2022.

Prof. Dr. Alejandro Baer will deliver a week-long lecture series entitled “Jewish Memory and Memory of the Jews: Cultures, Identities, Politics”.

You can find more information about the Guest Professorship here.

Teaching during the summer semester 2022                                   

It is with great pleasure that we commence the summer semester with a return to face-to-face teaching!

We nontheless ask all students to enroll for their chosen courses in both CAMPUSonline and e-Learning to receive up-to-date information about prospective changes if necessary. You will also receive teaching materials and other information via e-Learning.

Most recent information about university life during the COVID-19 pandemic can also be found on the official University webpage.

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